L’Osstidburn is happening mid-october this year, well into the fall season. Most likely we’ll be camping in cold weather; for many among you this will be the first time.
Leading up to the event we’re going to be publishing small dispatches to raise awareness of what camping in cold weather is like, to provide tips on how to prepare, and to describe some pitfalls. For now, here’s the executive summary:
– Camping in cold weather is differently challenging from summertime camping. Depending on your level of preparedness it can color your experience either positively or negatively; either way, it absolutely will be something to remember.
– Camping in cold weather is also different from cold weather activities such as skiing or snowshoeing; inactivity and alcohol can rob you of warmth equivalent to 15-20 degrees Celsius.
– You should aim not just to be safe, but also comfortable. The temperature ratings on your gear are usually safety ratings, not comfort ratings, under certain assumptions (e.g. going to bed with a tuque on). In reality you probably want to give yourself a nice big margin, perhaps by layering sleeping bags or wearing your winter jacket to bed.